Celebrating the Holidays with Dementia: A Guide from Park’s Place Memory Care

Discover practical tips for celebrating the holidays with loved ones who have dementia. Learn from Park’s Place Memory Care how to make these moments joyful and comfortable.


The holiday season is a time of joy, warmth, and family gatherings. However, for families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, it can also bring unique challenges. At Park’s Place Memory Care, we understand these challenges and are here to offer guidance and support to make your holiday celebrations as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Understanding the Needs of Individuals with Dementia During Holidays

Dementia can significantly impact how a person experiences the holidays. The hustle and bustle, while festive, can be overwhelming. It’s crucial to adjust your expectations and create a dementia-friendly environment. This includes keeping routines as regular as possible and minimizing overly stimulating activities.

Practical Tips for Visits and Outings

When planning visits or outings, consider the best time of day for your loved one. Smaller, quieter gatherings are often more enjoyable than large, noisy parties. Keep activities simple and familiar, like looking through old photo albums or listening to favorite music. Our team at Park’s Place Memory Care can offer personalized advice for your specific situation.

Recognizing Signs of Stress and Overload

It’s important to watch for signs of stress in your loved one, such as agitation or confusion. If these occur, provide a quiet space for them to relax. Remember, it’s okay to take a break and step away from festivities to ensure their comfort.

Engaging Activities for the Holiday Season

Engaging in simple activities can make the holidays special. Consider crafts that evoke memories, like decorating a family photo frame. Music is also a wonderful way to connect, as it can trigger happy memories and emotions. These activities align with the care approach at Park’s Place, where we focus on creating meaningful experiences for our residents.

The Role of Park’s Place Memory Care

At Park’s Place Memory Care, we specialize in providing compassionate, personalized care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Our experienced staff are trained to understand the unique needs of our residents, making us an ideal partner in your caregiving journey. We invite you to contact us for more information or to schedule a visit to see how we can help make your holidays, and every day, better.


While the holidays can be challenging for those caring for loved ones with dementia, with understanding and patience, they can also be a time of joy and nostalgia. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. Park’s Place Memory Care is here to support you every step of the way, ensuring that the holiday season is enjoyable for everyone.

Community Leaders Join Us for Lunch at Parks’ Place Memory Care

At Parks’ Place Memory Care, we believe in the power of community. We recently had the distinct honor of hosting a group of esteemed community leaders for a special luncheon at our facility. This event was about sharing a meal, opening our doors and fostering connections with the community we proudly serve.

Among the distinguished guests were the Plymouth Chief of Police, Eric Fadden, and the former Mayor, now a dedicated Met Council member, Judy Johnson. They, along with ten other influential business leaders, graced our dining hall, making the event truly memorable.

Our very own Chef Garrett outdid himself, preparing a lunch that was both delicious and visually appealing. The meal was a great example of the high standards and quality food we serve every day at Parks’ Place.  We take pride not just in our care but in every aspect of our residents’ experience.

The highlight of the luncheon was a heartfelt presentation by Karen Parks. She shared the mission and vision of Parks’ Place, providing our guests with a deeper understanding of our commitment to excellence in memory care. It was an opportunity for our guests to hear about our dedication to providing a nurturing environment for our residents and the passion that drives our team.

Our attendees didn’t just hear about our values; they witnessed them. They saw firsthand the love, care, and dedication our staff bring to Parks’ Place every single day. It was a vivid demonstration of our ethos in action, and we hope it left a lasting impression on our esteemed guests. It was a testament to our reputation as a leading memory care facility in Plymouth, Minnesota.

In conclusion, we are grateful for the opportunity to connect with community leaders and share the Parks’ Place story. We remain committed to being an integral part of the community, and we look forward to more such engagements in the future.

Celebrating Father’s Day at Parks Place Memory Care: A Heartwarming Event


At Parks Place Memory Care, we honor and celebrate the extraordinary men and fathers who have touched our lives. On June 16th, we hosted a special event, “Breakfast with the Guys,” to commemorate Father’s Day in a truly memorable way. Join us as we reflect on the heartwarming moments and explore how Parks Place consistently goes above and beyond to honor our residents and provide engaging activities.

Honoring Fathers and Men:

“Breakfast with the Guys” was a heartfelt tribute to our fathers and men, acknowledging their invaluable contributions and the love they bring to our lives. We believe in going the extra mile to make our residents feel cherished, and the event allowed us to express our deep appreciation for their presence in our community.

Providing Unique and Engaging Activities:

At Parks Place Memory Care, we strive to create a vibrant and engaging environment for our residents. “Breakfast with the Guys” was just one example of the many special activities we organize throughout the year. From themed parties and creative workshops to family carnivals and personalized experiences, we are dedicated to providing unique opportunities that bring joy and fulfillment to our residents’ lives.

The Power of Meaningful Connections:

“Breakfast with the Guys” showcased the power of connections and the strong sense of community at Parks Place. It was a moment for our residents, staff, and the Plymouth First Responders to come together and forge new bonds. Stories were shared, creating an atmosphere of warmth, gratitude, and togetherness.


“Breakfast with the Guys” was a heartwarming event that celebrated the cherished fathers and men at Parks Place Memory Care. With a delicious spread of pancakes and bacon, we delighted in the simple joys of shared meals and meaningful conversations. This event exemplified our commitment to honoring our residents and providing engaging activities that enhance their overall well-being.

At Parks Place Memory Care, we continue to seek out opportunities to create unique experiences and foster connections among our residents and the wider community. Through our dedication and personalized approach to memory care, we strive to make each day special and meaningful.

Join us in celebrating fatherhood and the incredible men in our lives. To learn more about our personalized memory care services and the engaging activities we offer, please visit our website. Be a part of our community where love, respect, and cherished memories thrive.

Discover the exceptional care and engaging activities at Parks Place Memory Care. Visit our website today to learn more about our personalized memory care services and how we honor and celebrate the remarkable individuals in our community.

Celebrating the Summer Solstice with a Memorable Carnival at Parks Place Memory Care

The summer solstice carnival at Parks Place Memory Care was truly a night to remember! I had the pleasure of attending this wonderful event, and I have to say I was blown away by the joy and laughter that filled the air.

Delicious Treats: Our culinary team served up tasty treats, including corn dogs and various snacks and beverages. The blue raspberry snow cone was a crowd favorite, providing a refreshing and sweet dessert option.

Balloons, Caricatures, and Fun: A talented balloon artist delighted guests with their creative balloon twisting, making a variety of shapes such as flowers, puppies, and more. Our caricature artist captured the unique characteristics of each person in their drawings, providing a personalized keepsake. Due to popular demand, we plan to invite the artist back for future events.

Games, Prizes, and Rubber Duckies: Guests and residents enjoyed the friendly competition at our carnival games, including Plinko, flick the Chicken, and a rubber duckie matching game. Winners received exciting prizes, adding to the fun and excitement.

Temporary Tattoos and Expressive Art: Our dedicated volunteer offered a selection of temporary tattoos, allowing residents and guests to express themselves with colorful designs. From unicorns and dinosaurs to Marvel characters and flowers, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

Melodies and Music: The duo Amy and Adams provided live music, creating a pleasant atmosphere and enhancing the overall enjoyment of the event.

A Night to Remember: The summer solstice carnival was a resounding success, thanks to the efforts of our dedicated staff and the enthusiastic participation of our residents, families, and friends. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who made this event truly special.

At Parks Place Memory Care, we continuously strive to create engaging and memorable experiences for our residents. Our goal is to bring joy, connection, and lasting memories to their lives. We invite you to join us for future events as we prioritize the well-being and happiness of our residents.

Thank you to all who contributed to the success of the summer solstice carnival. We look forward to creating more treasured moments together!

Discover the vibrant events at Parks Place Memory Care. Visit our website to learn more about our commitment to providing exceptional care and creating joyful experiences for our residents and their families.

Eating for Brain Health

Just as certain foods can be good for heart health, lowering cholesterol, or managing diabetes, certain foods have shown to be beneficial for brain health.  You’ll see that many of the foods that are good for your brain are also good for your heart.   While this information does not replace recommendations from your doctor, it may give you a few ideas of foods to incorporate into your daily diet to help improve or maintain your brain health. 

Fruit – Berries contain pigments that give them their color, these pigments are called flavonoids.  Research has shown that flavonoids help to improve memory.

Vegetables – Green, leafy vegetables are rich in vitamin K, lutein, folate, and beta carotene.  Try incorporating kale, spinach, collards, and broccoli in your diet to get these nutrients.  According to the research, these foods may help to slow cognitive decline.

Fish – Fatty fish are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids; these healthy, unsaturated fats have been linked to lower blood levels of beta-amyloid (the protein that accumulates in the brain with Alzheimer’s disease).  Low mercury options include salmon, cod, canned light tuna, and pollack.  Other good sources of omega-3 are flaxseeds, avocados, and walnuts.

Nuts – As mentioned above, walnuts are a great source of healthy fats, particularly a fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).  ALA helps to lower blood pressure and protects arteries, beneficial for both the heart and brain.

These suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg for brain health.  Other non-food factors to pay attention to are your exercise and sleep habits.  Both play an important role in your brain health.  If you’re interested in learning more about foods to eat for brain health, consult with your doctor or a registered dietician, as they can give specific recommendations for you.  And, if you suffer from poor sleep habits or don’t have an exercise routine, be sure to ask your doctor about those, too!

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Parks’ Place Memory Care is a privately owned assisted living home, specialized and specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Our home is for people of any stage of dementia so they are able to age-in-place in their home.  For tours, general information, or admission inquiry, please contact Kaitlin Kelly at 763-710-8484.

Important Documents

Along the same track as our blog post earlier this month about financial decision making, when caring for a loved one with dementia it is vital to keep track of their important documents.  Creating a safe location to keep these documents or lists readily available will be beneficial down the road if and when they are needed.

Here are suggestions of lists to create or documents to track down:

  • Create a list of the name and phone number of attorneys, executors of the estate, financial advisors and/or stockbrokers.  Locate any wills, trusts, and a list of beneficiaries with current phone numbers.
  • Copy of the medical directive with the name and phone number of the agent.
  • Copy of the power of attorney document with the name and phone number of the agent.
  • Funeral requests and location of burial plot.  If appropriate, name and phone number of clergy.
  • Locate important papers such as the birth certificate, social security card, marriage and divorce papers, and military records.
  • Create a list of bank accounts and bank addresses.  Also, list any investments, stocks, bonds, and insurance policies with the name and phone number of the insurance agent.
  • Location of safe deposit box and keys, and a list of contents.  Also, list credit cards, appraisal records, and receipts for valuables.
  • List financial information about personal loans still outstanding, and tax information and returns for the past five years.

We hope this helps as a starting point to help you prepare as you care for your loved one with dementia. 

Parks’ Place Memory Care is a privately owned assisted living home, specialized and specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Our home is for people of any stage of dementia so they are able to age-in-place in their home.  For tours, general information, or admission inquiry, please contact Kaitlin Kelly at 763-710-8484.

Assisted Living vs. Memory Care: Understanding Person-Environment Fit Model and Transitions Theory

As it becomes apparent that your loved one needs extra support in his or her daily life, it can be difficult to know the necessary type of support.  There is a large continuum of care available to elders with many more options than 50 years ago.  So, how do you know what type of care fits your loved ones needs?  How can the care adapt as your loved one’s needs change?

First, let’s take a look at two models used to inform care and when a move or transition is needed: the Person-Environment Fit Model (P-E Fit) and Transitions Theory.  These are models used in the gerontological field to help determine care settings.

Person-Environment Fit Model (P-E Fit)

The P-E Fit Model provides insight into the person and environmental factors that influence health outcomes, in other words, it is focused on the relationship between the person and the environment he or she is living in.  Below is a graphic description of this model.  The y-axis is personal competence; this is the health, cognition, motor skills, and sensory perception of the individual; in other words, their physical and cognitive abilities.  The x-axis is the environmental press, meaning the demands the environment places upon the person living there.  Think of the demands of the environment as the tasks that need to be completed to live in that environment, such as household chores, home maintenance, shopping, cleaning, etc. and the personal tasks like managing medications, eating, toileting, grooming, bathing, dressing, etc.  Basically, the higher the environmental press, the higher the personal competence needed to live in that environment.

The area where personal competence and environmental press meet is depicted as a band.  If the elder falls within this band, he or she would be “in fit”, meaning his or her abilities align with the demands of the environment.  If the elder does not fall within the band, he or she would be “out of fit”, meaning their personal abilities do not align with the demands of their environment.  If someone is out of fit, they cannot safely live in that environment and two things can happen:  the environment can be adapted or there can be changes to the personal competence through another person supporting him or her.

How does the environment adapt?  It can adapt in multiple ways.  The place of living can be simplified physically by eliminating trip hazards, putting everything needed on one level, eliminating clutter or too many items, etc.  Or, the environment can be changed by moving to an assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing facility, etc. based on the needs of that individual.  By changing the environment to a level that matches the personal competence, the person can thrive in fit. 

How can personal competence adapt?  To expect that a person with dementia will adapt to meet the demands of environmental press is unrealistic.  But, that does not mean that someone else cannot bridge that gap.  If the person with dementia is living at home or in independent living, a family member or hired in-home care could provide the competence needed.  If the person with dementia is in assisted living, the care staff may bridge the gap.  But, there will come a time when the needs of the person with dementia will outgrow what the assisted living can provide. 

Transitions Theory

In Transitions Theory, a transition occurs when the individual’s established behavior patterns are no longer adequate for the demands of the situation and the assumptions about oneself or the world are challenged.  The transition is subjective to each individual to the recognition of change, meaning a transition happens when the person can perceive there is a change happening.  Commonly occurring transitions later in life include relocation, changes in health or function, loss of relationships, and role changes.  A transition can trigger another transition, for example, loss of function can trigger a need for relocation, which can cause disorientation.

Memory Care or Assisted Living?

Now let us circle back to making a decision between a memory care or an assisted living.  Using what we know about P-E Fit and Transitions Theory can help us make a decision.  No one is a fortuneteller who can predict the future, but you are able to make educated choices to help reduce rocky changes. 

It is important to understand the services available in each setting, how the services can grow with the resident, and any limitations in services.  Let’s take a look at the average assisted living and the average memory care home in the chart below, please note this is not an exhaustive list.

Assisted LivingMemory care
Available ServicesEnvironmental support (i.e. Housekeeping and laundry).
Assistance with ADLs.
Simple physical environment.
Signage for cuing.
Visible staff.
Structured social activities.
Health monitoring.
Environmental support (i.e. Housekeeping and laundry).
Assistance with ADLs.
Simple physical environment.
Signage for cuing.
Visible staff.
Structured social activities.
Health monitoring.
Managing symptoms of dementia.
Specialized activities for people with dementia.
Dementia specific staff training.
Secured entry.
LimitationsManaging symptoms of dementia past early stage.
Specialized activities for people with dementia.
Health condition that requires 24 hour monitoring by a nurse.
Managing behavioral symptoms.
Health condition that requires 24 hour monitoring by a nurse.
Unsafe behavioral symptoms by residents.

How do you know what is right for you?  We are not able to answer that for you, but you can apply this information to the unique situation of your loved one and his or her needs.  You can assess the needs, personal competence, environmental press, and transitions and make an informed decision for or with your loved one.

What Can Parks’ Place Memory Care Provide?

Park’s Place provides all the items listed under the average memory care and much, much more.  So what sets us apart?  Using both P-E Fit Model and Transitions Theory, three major ways to assist residents are to improve personal competence, bolster the environment, support transitions, or a combination of all three.  Which is exactly what we do. 

Improve Personal Competence.  As stated earlier in this blog, it is an unrealistic expectation that someone living with dementia will be able to improve his or her personal competence.  If you are searching for a memory care for your loved one, he or she passed the point of being able to adapt their personal competence.  But, our staff is able to bridge the gap so their personal competence meets the environmental press.  For example, we provide assistance for any and all cares from a simple verbal cue to full hands-on assist.  We are able to meet the needs of the resident wherever he or she is in their dementia journey and expand cares as time goes on. 

Additionally, our specialized activity program is designed to be a form of treatment for dementia, not just something for the residents to pass the time.  The activity program helps to orient the residents to the time of day and works within their abilities so that they feel a sense of purpose and productivity.  Because the activity program works within the ability of the residents, it matches their personal competence.  We will also look at activities while discussing transitions. 

Bolster the Environment.  Our home was designed for the person living with dementia.  It is single level with a simple, flowing footprint to allow for residents to safely walk or wander without getting lost.  We are barrier free so residents do not feel a sense of confinement.  Our main area has all the elements of a regular home, including a kitchen, living room, TV room, and a sunroom.  It is designed to make you feel at home and not in an institution.  This helps to reduce the feeling of living in a facility to just moving to a new home, therefore reducing the sense of change for the resident.  Additionally, the overall design and services we provide reduce environmental press for the resident and allows residents to live in fit.

Support Transitions.  As we learned, transitions are not only environmental transitions like moving to a new home, but also cognitive, physical, and emotional.  The environmental transition of moving to a new home will vary from person to person, for some it may be a big change, for others not so much.  Our home is for people of all stages of dementia so they will only need to move once, and experience that transition once, during their dementia journey.  Cognitively, as people transition from one stage to the next, we are able to meet them where they are and adjust the cares, communication, and activities as necessary.  Physically, people with dementia will need more assistance as they progress.  They may go from walking and transferring unassisted to needing a one-person assist, to a two-person assist, to needing a mechanical lift.  Changes in physical ability will also affect other areas such as lifting their arms to wash their body in the shower to lifting eating utensils.  We are able to support our residents during each one of these transitions by increasing the hands-on level of care.  Emotionally, as people age they will begin to lose relationships and friends as the resident is no longer able to recognize friends and family members or those close to them pass away.  Our staff provides emotional support in a variety of ways, by gently reminding residents who their visitors are, providing friendship, and by being a kind, trusted person to provide cares.  We also can design activities or have activities available for residents that are reminiscent or purposeful for them.  These types of activities help to smooth transitions by reducing the perception of a change for the person with dementia.

To learn more about Parks’ Place and how we can support your loved one, call Kaitlin at 612-358-3725 or email her at Kaitlin.kelly@parksplacememorycare.com.

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Parks’ Place Memory Care is a privately owned assisted living home, specialized and specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Our home is for people of any stage of dementia so they are able to age-in-place in their home.  For tours, general information, or admission inquiry, please contact Kaitlin Kelly at 612-358-3725.

When is it time to intervene?

Early diagnosis of dementia is crucial to preventing a crisis and for planning treatment and care. It is difficult to tell if cognition changes are simply age related changes (normal aging) or dementia (not normal aging).

Therefore, knowing when to seek in-home care or place a loved one in a senior living home is very difficult to judge. This is especially true for individuals without a serious medical condition outside of their cognitive changes.

What is the difference between simple forgetfulness and a serious memory loss?

Here are some warning signs of memory loss that may signal the need for assistance care. They were gathered from a variety of sources:

Does he/she repeat questions more frequently?YesNo
Does he/she exhibit poor grooming and personal hygieneYesNo
Does he/she forget to take medications or take them incorrectly?YesNo
Has there been a change in eating habits or loss of appetite?YesNo
Is outdated food in the refrigerator or little nutritious food?YesNo
 Has driving been impaired? Frequent accidents?YesNo
Is he/she increasingly forgetful?YesNo
 Is he/she moody or depressed?YesNo
Has there been a loss of interest in socializing?YesNo
 Is he/she less interested in former activities?YesNo
 Is he/she unsteady on her feet or does she fall frequently?YesNo
Does he/she have difficulty concentrating?YesNo
Does he/she exhibit poor judgment?YesNo
 Is he/she incontinent?YesNo
Is there trouble handling finances? Are there unpaid bills?YesNo
Does he/she spend long periods of time doing nothing?YesNo
Have others noticed personality changes?YesNo
 Is there unopened mail lying around?YesNo
Is there poor housekeeping or unsafe conditions?YesNo
Does he/she have trouble making decisions?YesNo
 Does he/she get lost?YesNo
 Does he/she have trouble finding the right words?YesNo
Does he/she wear the same clothes over and over again?YesNo

This is also available here has a printable worksheet to fill out and bring to your next appointment with your physician.

See your physician for further evaluation if you have answered “yes” to a majority of these questions. Then call us to learn more about our home and how we can serve your loved one on his or her dementia journey.

Parks’ Place Memory Care is a privately owned assisted living home, specialized and specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Our home is for people of any stage of dementia so they are able to age-in-place in their home.  For tours, general information, or admission inquiry, please contact Kaitlin Kelly at 612-358-3725.

Forgetfulness and Dementia

At times, we all forget details like where we placed our keys or we forget to buy an item on our grocery list. This is normal. Regardless of age, when we are feel stressed or fatigued it is not uncommon to forget details. As a result, many of us develop techniques to aid our memory including checklists, calendars, and “to do lists”.

As people age, the amount of time it takes to learn and retain new information may increase in duration. However, with time and patience normal functioning older adults will be able to retain and recall this new information.

Many older adults are fearful of memory loss. Research shows that there are steps one can take to promote a healthy brain. The Alzheimer’s Association offers the following tips.

Healthy Brain Tips:

Eat healthily: Lean towards foods rich in anti-oxidants and folic acid as well as water and fruit juice. Avoid fatty foods, caffeine, and alcoholic beverages.

  • Stay active: Find activities that exercise your body and your brain.
  • Support system: Maintain a good support system that allows for social interaction.
  • Rest, relax, and sleep: Stress and lack of sleep can have negative effects on your body. Maintain balance within your life.
  • Visit your doctor: Annual physicals allow you to talk with your doctor, ask questions, and monitor your health and medications.

When memory loss becomes more significant

For some, memory loss can be more significant. When memory loss begins to interfere with day-to-day functioning the problem may be a warning sign of something more. For example:

  • Difficulty managing medications
  • Significant weight loss due to missed meals
  • Frequent hospitalizations due to noncompliance with medication regime
  • Inability to organize finances, overdrawn accounts, and vulnerability to scams
  • Disorganized household, decreased cleanliness
  • Failure to meet deadlines at work

Family, friends, and acquaintances should take note when a significant change in skill, routine, or behavior occurs. For example:

  • An accountant who can no longer add 2+2
  • A computer programmer who cannot remember how to turn on the computer

It is important to note that any one of the issues mentioned above alone does not signify memory loss. Instead, it offers a “red flag” which warrants additional attention and investigation.

What to do if memory loss is suspected?

Whenever memory loss is suspected the first step is to see a physician. Your primary physician can refer you to a specialist who can work to identify the cause of the memory loss. Generally, your physician may refer you to a neurologist, internist, and/or a psychiatrist.

Why is a physician visit needed?

Memory loss can have numerous causes. Some medical conditions when left untreated can result in increased confusion and memory loss. As a result, an individual could be diagnosed inaccurately with a form of dementia when, in fact, they may have a medical condition such as a thyroid problem, lack of Vitamin B12, a medication/drug reaction, infection, or depression. A physician will complete a battery of tests to identify any treatable conditions and recommend treatment if appropriate.

If the memory loss and confusion are due to a medical condition, when treated the individual may notice a decrease or elimination of symptoms.

Parks’ Place Memory Care is a privately owned assisted living home, specialized and specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Our home is for people of any stage of dementia so they are able to age-in-place in their home.  For tours, general information, or admission inquiry, please contact Kaitlin Kelly at 612-358-3725.

Mother’s Day at Parks’ Place During a Pandemic

Mother’s Day was a tough but joyful day for our moms and their families.  It was a tough day as we were physically distant from our loved ones, but joyful as we found other ways to connect and show our love.

Feeling Loss

During this time, all of us are feeling loss.  Loss of birthday parties, sporting events, graduations, and loss of spending time with our mothers on Mother’s Day.  Each moment spent together is precious, even more so in memory care as dementia creates an unpredictable future. 

Bitter-sweet, but more sweet than bitter

We knew from the start that this would be a tough day for our residents and their families.  We decided to have a staff member totally dedicated to our moms on Mother’s Day.  Our families were informed that we would be able to facilitate virtual visits, flower and gift delivery, and anything else in-between for their moms on Mother’s Day.  Our virtual visit schedule filled quickly and families informed us of when they would be stopping by with gifts.

On Mother’s Day the virtual visits were bitter-sweet, but more sweet than bitter.  While it was tough for our moms and their families to not be with each other physically, technology like FaceTime and Zoom helped us to feel connected. 

The virtual visits were full of smiles, laughter, and happy tears.  Our staff was brought to tears frequently during the visits at the outpouring of love from the families to their moms.  Many of our mothers showed their loved ones the gift and flower deliveries they received.  But the gifts and flowers were mainly afterthoughts, our moms were really only interested in spending time with their families and seeing their smiling faces.  The time together was truly what brought the most joy to the day.

From Parks’ Place to our moms

Parks’ Place also wanted to show our moms how much we love them so we had a flower delivery for each of them with a card.  We also had a special Mother’s Day treat at lunchtime.  The final thing we did with each of our moms was actually more of a gift to their family.  We made a video of each mother saying what they loved best about being a mom and sent it to their family.  For our mothers whose dementia is a little more advanced we made simpler videos saying thank you for the gifts and cards.  Our families did not know we were making the videos and were so surprised when they received them.

A heartfelt day

Although this was not the Mother’s Day anyone would wish for, it turned out to be a pretty wholesome and heartfelt day.  Our moms were able to spend time with those who call them “mom” and felt their love and support even at a distance.

We are hoping that Mother’s Day 2021 we can welcome all of our families into our home and celebrate with them in-person!

Parks’ Place Memory Care is a privately owned assisted living home, specialized and specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Our home is for people of any stage of dementia so they are able to age-in-place in their home.  For tours, general information, or admission inquiry, please contact Kaitlin Kelly at 612-358-3725.